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Tiger Chat For owners and riders of Hinckley Tigers: 800, 800XC, 885i, 900, 955i, 1050i, 1200


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Old 07-22-2008, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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99 Tiger 855i or 95 Tiger 855?

I need your expertise.

I am looking at two different bikes. The first is a 99 Tiger 855i with about 32k miles. The other is a 95 Tiger 855 with about 11k miles. The price difference is about $200 with the 95 being less expensive.

Both bikes are clean and run well. The 95 has had a lot of work done by its current owner. Previous owner had passed away and it sat unused for years.

Which would you choose?
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Christian,

That really is a tricky one.

I take it they both have a full Triumph Service History ??

Personally, I would be a bit cautious of a 13 year old bike with only 11k miles on the clock, unless this is backed up with the service history and MOT (or whatever you call them over there). Surely a bike that old would have more miles.

I know a few people who disconnect the speedo on a regular basis to show a much lower mileage when they come to sell. A couple of ways to check is the condition of the rubber footpegs and gear lever rubber. Well worn equals higher mileage.

Not much help I know, but I would have to see and hear the bikes
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Christian, good advice from graeme.

Another thing to consider is the EFI against carbs. Some prefer carbs for the limitless tuning abilities, others prefer EFI because it's set and forget. It all depends on your plans for the bike and where you'll be taking it.

Also, the first Tigers were more off road oriented than the later ones, so you need to consider that.

My advice would be to take graeme's advice then go ride them both and see which one "speaks" to you. Just think which one you could live with day in day out and you'll have your answer.

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Thanks for your advise.

I rode the 99 Tiger and was not thrilled. I am sure my expectations are jaded because my current bike is a Ducati ST4.

However, I did go look at a 2004 Bonneville and loved it. I ended up buying that tonight.

Thanks again for the advise!
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You're welcome Christian, and I must say going from an ST4 to anything else will be a certain learning curve! Nothing like a Tiger!

Good luck with the Bonneville, hope you enjoy it.

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